From the Chairman's Desk-February 16, 2016

Washington Has A Caucus Too This Week!

Caucus week is here!  Please join your fellow Republicans for this very rare neighborhood event and let’s put the best of the Republican Party on display!

Where will your caucus be held?  There are 16 locations around the county, but you have to attend the correct one in order to participate.  The WSRP has a clever caucus lookup tool here: http://www.gopeakteam.com/caucus/.  We won’t be using the pre-registration function, but this is a quick way to find the location of your caucus. Note also their caucus training videos.  Our website has a list of all the locations here.

Standing room only at caucus training

Final caucus training/orientation meeting this Thursday.
  If you want to know what to expect at the caucus and how to be an effective participant, please join us at 7pm Thursday at Republican HQ, 9401 NE Covington Rd.  We have conducted these since early January.  They have been a lot of fun and we have had excellent attendance.  We’ve met many new people and expect it is just a foretaste of the great introductions we will have at the 16 Caucus locations this Saturday

How is the Republican Presidential Nominee Selected?
The caucus this Saturday is the first step that leads to selection of a presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention in July.  Click here for an illustrated description of Washington State’s national delegate process.

For more details of how the delegates are allocated please see Rule 37 of the 2016 WSRP Caucus & Convention Manual.

What is the party platform?
The platform also gets its start at Saturday’s caucus.  The Platform is a series of statements of enduring principles that should answer the question, “What do we believe as a party?”

The Clark County Republican Party last adopted a platform by convention delegates in 2010.  We’ve posted a draft platform on our website under the “2016 Caucus Info Page” Tab for your review.  Please work to improve it and bring your ideas to the caucus on Saturday.  Add your contact information to your written copy and we will invite you to join the Platform and Resolutions Committee, where you can further promote your views.  Ask your neighbors to elect you as a delegate to the county convention so that you can vote to adopt or reject platform and resolution positions.  This Saturday you should have a chance to read your resolution or platform change to the audience, or simply turn it in for submission. 

Just for fun and comparison we posted the earliest party platform we could find here: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/platform_from_1964

What about Resolutions?
Resolutions could become planks of the Platform or, if they are more short-term in nature, they might become a single subject statement on which the party takes an official positon.

Please bring resolutions with you to the caucus if you have a strong opinion about any subject that the Republican Party should adopt as its policy.  Resolutions and platform changes will be received at the caucus, but debated and adopted or rejected at the March 12 county convention.  When adopted, these resolutions become the official "voice" of the Party. 

It is preferred that you bring your resolutions and platform changes with you, but we will have blank resolution forms available on Saturday.  The general format is as follows:

Title of Resolution 
Whereas
, rascally rabbits eat carrots; and,
Whereas, as a farmer, Elmer Fudd is upset at his carrots being eaten; now therefore, be it: 
Resolved, that the Clark County Republican Party  (support/oppose) rabbit hunting to thin the numbers of rabbits.

Submitted Feb 20, 2016 at _______________ by NAME________________________________
PHONE NUMBER (_____)_____________ E-MAIL ________________________

And here are two examples of (more serious) Platform Changes:
Amend Healthcare bullet point 3 to strike the words, "to promote competition in the healthcare industry."  
or insert a new plank that states, "End the graduated income tax and replace it with a flat tax."

Please invite your friends and neighbors to caucus.  Print this tri-fold flyer from your own computer or pick some up at headquarters. (You have to click on both Inside Outside).

Time Sensitive Opportunity for Teenagers: Do you know a teenager (ages 16 to 18) that needs credit for volunteer community service or a senior project?  Please invite them to our Volunteer Registration Training this Wednesday, Feb 17th and then to help with the caucus on Saturday, Feb 20th.  As a result of their service, the volunteers will receive a letter of commendation and acknowledgment for their volunteer service on behalf of the Clark County Republican Party. For further details, please contact the mentor for this program, our State Committeewoman, Katja Delavar: KatjaDelavar@clarkrepublicans.com or call (360) 771-4858.

Thank You Chris Christie & Carly Fiorina, Supporters!  We are sorry that your chosen candidate has left the race, but we honor you for the efforts you made on their behalf.  We hope that we have been of service to you!

We support the supporters of all the candidates!  Here are local leaders that have identified themselves.  If other campaigns have coordinators they should contact us at media@ClarkRepublicans.com so that we can add them to the list.

Ben Carson - contact Maureen Trullinger dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231 & Michael Ware mkirbyware@gmail.com 360-608-5986
Marco Rubio - contact Ron Rasmussen tallraz.886@gmail.com  360-896-9394
We have not heard from anyone coordinating the following campaigns locally.  We will gladly list them when they come forward.  We support the supporters of all candidates:
Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, John Kasich, Donald Trump

Get to know and support our statewide candidates:
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
US Senate: Chris Vance.  
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendonJavier FigueroaPhillip Yin
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia

Is the West Side Bridge idea next to be dismantled by the county council?
Ron Swaren contacted us via media@ClarkRepublicans.com to state that although the Clark County Commissioners passed a resolution to analyze the west side crossing, or something similar, the new County Council may repeal that resolution today, Feb. 16.  He asks that you please contact Julie Olson and Jeanne Stewart to say you support a west county bridge and an advisory group for it. This is really our only hope of solving I-5 traffic woes, without a hugely expensive reconstruction of the I-5. It is well vetted, and receives a lot of popular support.  Here is a brief letter to the Columbian describing the project’s advantages.  
(Unfortunately, by the time you read this the damage may already be done on this issue as well as Alternative 4.)  Please start attending county council meetings each Tuesday.  We’ll keep listing them each week.

Bathroom update: Although some government entities have no problem overturning years of conservative advances, our state government was unable to overturn the bathroom rules created by unelected bureaucrats allowing men into women’s locker rooms.  Now this story.  Thank you, John Lifflander, for taking citizen initiative on this issue.

Please help the Clark County Republican Party fund the 2016 caucus and convention.  Conducting these caucuses at 16 locations is very expensive.  Help us cover the costs with your online donation here.  Or set up monthly contributions to provide reliable ongoing support for the Party here.  You can also mail your check to: Clark County Republican Party, PO Box 205, Vancouver, WA  98666.  As an all-volunteer organization we very much depend on your generosity to responsibly conduct the business of the Republican Party in Clark County.

Coming Events (also found on our calendar)
The events listed may or may not be organized, sponsored or endorsed by the CCRP.  If you have events that you would like to see listed, please send them to

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING February 16, 10:00am
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
It is critical that we have conservatives paying attention to the council as they undo the work of the past few years. You can watch these meetings live or recorded at www.cvtv.org.  If you watch these you’ll probably want to start attending and we need you there.

cancelled - REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB February 18, 5:00 – 6:30pm
We’ve cancelled Toastmaster’s tonight because of caucus prep being conducted at the office.

Last Chance CAUCUS TRAINING FOR EVERYONE! February 18, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
This is the last session before the Saturday caucus.  Come learn the goals of the caucus and the rules that will be followed to achieve those goals.  Our desire is that everyone will be an effective caucus participant and will leave the event knowing they have done all they can to advance their issues and candidates.  If you want to help define the Republican Party in Clark County, the state and the nation and choose delegates to the national convention, the caucus is where it all begins.

CLARK CO. REPUBLICAN CAUCUSES February 20, 9:00am registration, 10:00am start
Look here for locations. 
Have you ever wanted to have a voice in the direction of the Republican Party?  The party platform starts here!  Please come with resolutions and direction for the party.  Delegates to the county convention will be elected from each precinct.  The precinct caucus is a great setting to meet your neighbors who also wish to advance Republican principles.  Please join us at one of our Caucus training meeting to help you get the most out of the event.  They will be presented every Thursday and Saturday as listed above.

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING February 23, 10:00am
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
It is critical that we have conservatives paying attention to the council as they undo the work of the past few years. You can watch these meetings live or recorded at www.cvtv.org.  If you watch these you’ll probably want to start attending and we need you there.

CANDIDATE TRAINING ACADEMY February 25, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Radisson Hotel Portland Airport, 6233 Northeast 78th Court, Portland, OR
The Candidate Training Academy was designed to give Realtors, Realtor-friendly candidates and those contemplating becoming a candidate an introduction of how to run for office.  It will give candidates a valuable head start in their political journey.  Sponsored by the Oregon Assn of Realtors.  Space is limited.  Registration ends 2/19.  Apply at www.OregonRealtors.org/CTA

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB February 25, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
Would you like to improve your communication skills? This is a brilliantly designed program that helps improve both your speaking AND thinking skills.  Efficient and fun!  Please join us and improve your skill.

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY!! February 25, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Leonardo's Pizzeria, 16505 SE 1st St, Vancouver, WA
The main debate starts at 6pm.  Inviting all conservative patriots!  Sponsored by Clark County for Carson supporters, but everyone is welcome!  Seating is limited to 60 so please RSVP Maureen Trullinger  dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375.  You can also register on the website: www.2016committee.org/events.  We hope to see you there! 

FAMILY POLICY INSTITUTE OF WA. CANDIDATE SCHOOL February 26 – 27
Holiday Inn Express, 2102 South C Street, Tacoma, WA
Whether you are running for office, contemplating an electoral bid, or seeking to help out a local candidate, a critical component of positive change is the ability to orchestrate effective, smart, and efficient campaigns.  Election and campaigns expect Mark Montini, of Georgia-based M2M Strategies, will join us for an intensive, two day seminar to cover the ins-and-outs of the campaign process.  The Family Policy Institute of Washington's Campaign School teaches principled candidates, campaign staff, and grassroots activists how to run winning campaigns without compromising values.  Register for the school here or call 425-608-0242

SUPER TUESDAY! March 1
On this day, 14 states have primaries or caucuses.

CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION March 12
Clark County Events Center 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA
Delegates chosen at the caucus will attend to develop the party platform and choose delegates to the state convention.

WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION May 19 – 21
TRAC Center in Pasco, WA
Convention delegates will choose 11 statewide delegates and alternates and 3 delegates and alternates per Congressional District to represent us at the National Republican Convention.

WASHINGTON STATE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY May 24

2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION July 18 – 21
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

 

Call me.   I am available to you any time,

Kenny Smith
Chairman
Clark County Republican Party
KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com 
360-521-8565

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